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May 22, 2018

DIVINE LOVE DEFINED

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (Jn.3:16). This is how Jesus describes the depth of his Father’s love for us! He is the perfect expression of that love as only through him can we fully share in it. Through Jesus, the New Israel has been expanded to include all of us who believe in him anywhere and everywhere. Jesus makes us the people of the God who never stops saving us from sin. God’s love is infinitely stronger…

THE CRUMBS OF FAITH

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

This week, Jesus invites us to break down the barriers of separation and discrimination, in order to embrace the universal fraternity of all mankind under one God and Father of all. He has just gone into the pagan territory of Tyre and Sidon, where he meets a woman in desperate need of help for her critically ill daughter. Out of extreme anxiety, the woman breaks social convention to approach Jesus: a) As a woman she was not supposed to speak to a man in public; and b) She was not only a Gentile but also from an area hostile to…

As the Year of Mercy comes to an end

The Year of Mercy has officially ended today and the Door of Mercy closed. But do not panic! God’s Door of mercy is open still. The Door of Mercy is only a symbolic door used by the Catholic Church to celebrate the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, which was launched by Pope Francis on December 8, 2015. The symbolic Door of Mercy was opened on December 13th at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri and other designated churches for people to enter and experience the love of God, who consoles, pardons and instils hope. That Door of Mercy, which hundreds and…

Mercy Overflowing

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  The feast of Divine Mercy was established on April 30, 2000 by Pope John Paul II,on the occasion of the canonization Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska, the Polish nun and visionary through whom the Lord Jesus requested that the Second Sunday of Easter be reserved to honour and commemorate God’s infinite mercy. How fitting that the Pope himself, a great apostle of mercy, was canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday, 2014! Christianity is a story of the infinite mercy of God, without which we are lost and hopeless. Notwithstanding our unfaithfulness, the Lord has remained faithful through the ages and his…